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matriarchate

[mey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt] /ˈmeɪ triˌɑr kɪt, -keɪt/
noun
1.
a matriarchal system or community.
2.
a social order formerly believed to have preceded patriarchal tribal society in the early period of human communal life, embodying rule by the mothers, or by all adult women.
Origin of matriarchate
1880-1885
1880-85; matriarch + -ate3
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  • matriarchate is assumed on this theory to have been universal in prehistoric times.

  • The term "matriarchate" encouraged this fallacy and has gone out of use.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The ship, or ark, is peculiarly significative of the feminine principle, and wherever found is a reminiscence of the matriarchate.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • Even in modern Germany remnants of the matriarchate survive.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • During the matriarchate all life was regarded as holy; even the sacrifice of animals was unknown.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • I said the peoples with whom we are now being brought as a nation into vital relationship may be still in the matriarchate.

  • Thus the matriarchate was evolved that for a long time constituted the foundation of family relations and inheritance.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • A form of society existed at an early age known as the matriarchate or Mother-rule.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • To disengage from his learned book, Das Mutterrecht, his theory of the origin of the matriarchate is no easy task.

  • Every part of the world today gives evidence of the system; reminiscences of the matriarchate everywhere abound.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for matriarchate

matriarchate

/ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪt; -keɪt/
noun
1.
(rare) a family or people under female domination or government
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